Limburg w brand.nl. The country’s oldest brewery turns out a limited range of dark and blond beers plus a particularly tasty, cherry-coloured Dubbelbock.
Kamperland w emelisse.nl. Distinctive stuff – try their Imperial Russian Stout.
Tilburg. The Netherlands only Trappist brewery produces several strong dark ales, notably La Trappe Quadrupel. Distributed by the country’s second largest brewer, Bavaria (w bavaria.com).
Amsterdam w brouwerijdemolen.nl. Several good brews from this discrete little brewery – look out for their Hemel & Aarde (Heaven & Earth).
Limburg w gulpener.nl. Burgeoning brewery noted for its tasty lagers made from prime ingredients; their Gulpener Oud Bruin is an especially tangy dark ale.
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